The seven-day incidence of new infections has reached the highest level since the beginning of the corona pandemic.

The Robert Koch Institute stated the number of confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week on this Monday morning as 201.1.

The previous record was reached at the height of the second corona wave on December 22, 2020 with 197.6.

It is important to note that, unlike a year ago, many people are now vaccinated.

The rate is particularly high among the particularly endangered very old people.

Experts therefore assume that the health system can now withstand more new infections than before the vaccinations, as these protect very well against the course of serious illnesses.

15,513 new infections

The previous day the incidence was 191.5, a week ago 154.8, and a month ago 63.8.

The health authorities reported 15,513 new corona infections to the RKI within one day.

On Friday, the number of new infections had reached 37,120, a record since the beginning of the pandemic.

The numbers from the weekend are always slightly lower.

Exactly a week ago the value was 9658 infections.

The district of Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains has the highest incidence with 924.3 - this means that in the past seven days almost one percent of the population there was newly infected with the Sars-Cov-2 virus.

According to the new information, 33 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours.

A week ago there were 23 deaths.

The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 96,558.

The RKI has counted 4,782,546 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.

The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 4,380,000.

It can get tight in the intensive care units

Doctors fear a doubling of the corona patients in intensive care units. Already now, almost 2,500 cases, as many would need intensive care as at the same time a year ago in the second wave, said Christian Karagiannidis, scientific director of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), the newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine. In the coming weeks, the number is expected to almost double if the number of new infections continues to rise sharply. "With an incidence of 300, we expect around 4500 Covid patients nationwide with large regional differences," warned Karagiannidis.

Bavaria's Minister of Health, Klaus Holetschek, warned in the newspaper: "A further doubling would be numerically well above the highs of the past waves and our health system in Germany would no longer be able to cope with it." The CSU politician sees one of the main causes in the low vaccination rate.

“In Bavaria, too, the unvaccinated in particular flood our hospitals.

More than 90 percent of these are patients who have turned down the chance of a vaccination to date, ”said Holetschek.